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Adaptive Reuse: Catalyst to Create Cultural Destinations

When you take a guided tour in Chicago, your docent may take you to places where you can walk, drink or dine where Al Capone and other mid-20th century mobsters did. Places like the Green Mill in Uptown and the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in the… Read more

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Chicago's Winning 'Alter-Ego'
Urban Renewal

Chicago's Winning 'Alter-Ego'

Some may beg to differ, but the city of Chicago needs some love. The sustained and troubling violence engulfing the city for far too long now hasn't relented much. It's produced a large black eye on this Midwestern burgh. It's not the be-all and end-all of what transpires there: The bad news eclipses solid humanitarian actions occurring every day. As you peel back the onion, you find a trove of positive developments, er, redevelopments. The smart growth brand of re-developments. Todd Vanadilok, senior planner with Teska & Associates, a community planning, landscape, architecture and urban design firm based in Evanston, Ill., got the ball rolling in this issue by spotli… Read more
Get That Shovel Ready
Public/Private Partnership

Get That Shovel Ready

Back in the day—when the Federal government focused more on interstate highways and defense and left other affairs to the people or the states, citizens and local government relied more on their own ingenuity than the largess of elected officials and programs. A locality's fate was accurately perceived as being more related to their own actions than the decisions of a benevolent "other." The 20th American century saw a creep from this paradigm as government programs blossomed and government itself grew to be the largest employer of Americans (with twice the stateside employees of the nearest private sector company). Now, thanks to this creep and the habits of humans it seems the r… Read more
Metal Recycling Initiative Magnet For New Jobs
Manufacturing Focus

Metal Recycling Initiative Magnet For New Jobs

We all know the cardinal rule of industrial redevelopment: To return underutilized properties to productive use while providing jobs and a new tax base. The rule is once again coming to fruition, and this time in Pontiac, Mich., where a metals manufacturer with a global vision is nevertheless staying true to the spirit of local rebirth and reinvestment. The manufacturer, Troy, Mich.-based Rivore Metals LLC regards southeast Michigan as its home, and thus recognized the supreme relevance to "create opportunities" there. Read more
Trump Priorities: Are There Opportunities for Brownfields?
Legislative Report

Trump Priorities: Are There Opportunities for Brownfields?

Suppose that you were in a position to advise President Trump on his domestic agenda. The President has made it clear that he has at least three top priorities in the area of jobs and economic development: spurring domestic manufacturing, encouraging "re-shoring" of U.S. business operations and investing in infrastructure. Currently, there is no place-based strategy that is connected to any of these initiatives, i.e. there has been no stated preference to encourage any of this investment to be located in particular kinds of communities (under-served vs. wealthy, existing communities vs. outer suburban growth, or brownfields vs. greenfields). Politically, Mr. Trump owes his… Read more

Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management
Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management

When you think of risk management in the context of smart growth best-practices, what comes to mind first? Is it risk management that connects to crafting a solid, right-sized insurance… Read more
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more
Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more


Urban

Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision
Urban Planning

Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision

Hey, owning a car and getting dibs on a permanent underground parking spot at a shiny new condominium is overrated, right? How about an urban redevelopment where everything is available… Read more
Municipal Regulation of Land Cleanup:An Idea Whose Time has Come
Urban Planning

Municipal Regulation of Land Cleanup:An Idea Whose Time has Come

It occurs disproportionately in low income neighborhoods where its damaging impacts are most debilitating, contributing to disinvestment and a downward economic and social spiral. It results in greater exposure to… Read more
City of Chicago Redevelopment Initiatives: Motor Row Study
Urban Planning

City of Chicago Redevelopment Initiatives: Motor Row Study

The city of Chicago has a distinguished urban planning and design history and employs an advanced planning and development department to implement the city’s planning and redevelopment objectives. Chicago has… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more

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